Kurt Elling: My Foolish Heart


My Foolish Heart


Kurt Elling (vocals)


Live in Chicago (Blue Note 22211)

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Kurt Elling (vocals), Laurence Hobgood (piano), Rob Amster (bass), Michael Raynor (drums).

Recorded: Live at the Green Mill Jazz Club, July 14-16, 1999


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

I don't believe for one moment that Elling has a "foolish heart" - he sings this ballad with such total authority and presence that it tends to undermine the meaning of the lyrics. Yet that is my only caveat on an otherwise remarkable 12-minute performance. I found myself listening to it again and again, marveling at the many interesting twists and turns in the arrangement, which moves through several phases - torch song, incantation, double-tempo climax - with remarkable aplomb. And every great jazz vocalist deserves a musical director with ears as big as Hobgood's. Elling demands our attention as one of the most impressive vocalists of his generation, and this recording will show you why.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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